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Monetary Persistence, Imperfect Competition, and Staggering Complementarities

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  • Christian Merkl
  • Dennis J. Snower

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This paper explores the influence of wage and price staggering on monetary persistence. First, our analysis indicates that the degree of monetary persistence generated by wage vis-à-vis price staggering depends on the relative competitiveness of the labor and product markets. We show that the conventional wisdom that wage staggering can generate more persistence than price staggering does not necessarily hold. Second, this paper discusses weaknesses of the "contract multiplier," which is generally used to compare persistence, and proposes the measure "quantitative persistence." Third, we show that, for plausible parameter values, wage and price staggering are highly complementary in generating monetary persistence. Thus beyond understanding how they work in isolation, it is important to explore their interactions.

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Paper provided by Kiel Institute for the World Economy in its series Kiel Working Papers with number 1257.

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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2005
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Keywords: Monetary Persistence; Price Staggering; Wage Staggering; Monetary Policy;

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  1. Lechthaler, Wolfgang & Merkl, Christian & Snower, Dennis J., 2008. "Monetary Persistence and the Labor Market: A New Perspective," IZA Discussion Papers 3513, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Marika Karanassou & Hector Sala & Dennis J. Snower, 2008. "The Evolution Of Inflation And Unemployment: Explaining The Roaring Nineties," Australian Economic Papers, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 47(4), pages 334-354, December.
  3. Auray, Stephane & de Blas, Beatriz, 2011. "Investment, Matching and Persistence in a modified Cash-in-Advance Economy," Working Papers in Economic Theory 2011/10, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain), Department of Economic Analysis (Economic Theory and Economic History).
  4. Christian Merkl & Dennis J. Snower, 2005. "Monetary Persistence, Imperfect Competition, and Staggering Complementarities," Kiel Working Papers 1257, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
  5. Marika Karanassou & Hector Sala & Dennis J. Snower, 2006. "Phillips Curves and Unemployment Dynamics: A Critique and a Holistic Perspective," Working Papers 573, Queen Mary, University of London, School of Economics and Finance.
  6. Wohltmann, Hans-Werner & Winkler, Roland C., 2008. "On the Non-Optimality of Information: An Analysis of the Welfare Effects of Anticipated Shocks in the New Keynesian Model," Economics Working Papers 2008,21, Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, Department of Economics.
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